July 29, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE: Ad-hoc versus scheduled backup

Posted by Mike Resseler

In todays’ post we are going to explain the difference between ad-hoc backups and scheduled backups. Actually, there are three different types: scheduled backup, the ad-hoc backup, and the ad-hoc standalone full backup, all of them have different characteristics so let’s take a closer look.

Scheduled backup

A scheduled backup is performed automatically according to the job schedule you specified in configure backup wizard: it can consist of a periodic schedule and / or triggers. The first job run will create a full backup, all the following ones are incremental. We like to call it “set it and forget it” option. Restore points will be removed according to the chosen retention and as long as backup destination is up and running the backup will be performed. Important to understand is that Veeam Endpoint Backup’s retry logic. If the scheduled backup job fails for whatever reason, it will be restarted every 10 minutes within the next 23 hours. After that – the backup job eventually fails with an error. At the backup repository, you can see the following backup files:

July 27, 2015

What is the Veeam Vanguard Program?

Posted by Rick Vanover

Last year I was tapped to spearhead a new project here at Veeam: launch a global influencer program. This honestly was something I was a bit timid about as I have no experience operating a program like this. I’ve happily been nominated as a VMware vExpert and a Cisco Champion for a number of years. Additionally on my team, Doug Hazelman, Luca Dell’Oca and Clint Wyckoff have been nominated as current and prior vExperts and Mike Resseler as a Microsoft MVP. We feel we have a good background on how these types of programs should operate and now we are happy to publically announce the Veeam Vanguard Program.

The Veeam Vanguard Program is a hand-selected list of people of all ...

July 21, 2015

WARNING: Install Veeam Endpoint Backup NOW!

Posted by Mike Resseler

Microsoft Windows 10 will hit the market in a couple of days, on the 29th of July. Just like many of you, I have accepted a free upgrade offer from the tray menu popup, since I am very much looking forward to this operating system after having spent the last months as a Windows insider testing its pre-release builds.

There are quite a few enhancements that excites me, and my personal top 3 would be Microsoft Edge, Cortana and the new security measures for the enterprise.

Are you as ready to upgrade as myself?

WAIT, install Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE first!

As with any upgrade there is a risk that things go wrong – ...

July 15, 2015

Recovery media in depth – Bare Metal Recovery process

Posted by Mike Resseler

In previous posts we talked about recovery methods that can be used with Veeam Endpoint Backup. While discussing volume recovery we mentioned a few limitations and how these limitations can be avoided via Veeam Recovery Media. Let’s take a closer look at the Veeam Recovery Media and how to start the Bare Metal Recovery process

You need the recovery media

To start with, you must create a recovery media: it’s almost a mandatory for protecting your computer. You may refer to one of my previous blogpost in order to get the clear understanding of how it works. Keep in mind, you can create a new Recovery Media any time you need it by simply launching one of the Endpoint’s ...

July 14, 2015

Announcing Veeam Explorer for Oracle AND enhancements to existing Explorers!

Posted by Rick Vanover

One of our most popular enhancements with customers and partners has been the Veeam Explorers that provide high-speed recovery for popular application types. Over the years we have seen critical data center applications, such as Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server, benefit from the incredible ease of use of the Veeam Explorers. Coming later this year, v9 will see Veeam Explorer for Oracle added! Moreover, the existing Veeam Explorers are getting some major new enhancements as well.

Let’s first go over Veeam Explorer for Oracle. Oracle databases have the unique characteristic of being frequently used for the most critical applications that really are the backbone of the modern data center. Veeam Explorer for Oracle delivers the following ...

July 8, 2015

Recovery possibilities in depth: Volume recovery

Posted by Mike Resseler

In our previous post we discussed file-level recoveries. Besides recovering individual files, you also have the ability to recover entire volumes. Note that this only works when you have chosen the Entire PC or the Volume Level Backup methods. When you perform volume-level recovery, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE restores the entire content of the volume.

Again you have three possibilities (actually four but I’ll come back to that later…) to get to your volume level recoveries. Typing in Veeam in the start menu and selecting Volume Restore, right-click on the tray icon and select Restore – Entire Volumes or directly in the UI select a recovery point and press the restore volumes button.

A volume can be restored ...

July 2, 2015

Recovery possibilities in depth: File level Recovery

Posted by Mike Resseler

It probably has been said ten million times before but it’s worth saying again… Backup always leads to recovery and recovery should be easy. In previous posts we looked at the integration of Veeam Backup & Replication with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and already gave you some recovery options that you get with the integration. Today we are going to review the recovery options available for any end user.

Before we dive in to this, keep in mind that recovery options highly rely on the backup mode you used. For example, it not possible to recover the entire computer from your personal files backup.

Individual files

This option you can choose no matter what backup mode you have selected. Even ...

July 1, 2015

Veeam Availability Suite v9, how many Storage Enhancements!

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

The upcoming Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9 has tons of enhancements and new features, but  improvements around primary and backup storage will surely be one of the biggest parts of our next release.

We already announced a new addition in our list of supported storage arrays for our storage snapshots integration (EMC VNX/VNXe), but this isn’t the only storage news—on the contrary, there are plenty of them, and I’ll cover some of them in this post.

The first new feature we are announcing today is something I waited a long time for personally, and I suspected it was about to come when we had our first NFS client in v8 (as a part of our NetApp integration). For a long time, ...

June 24, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup integration with Veeam Backup & Replication: Additional restore options

Posted by Mike Resseler

In the previous Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE blog post we discussed the integration between Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and Veeam Backup & Replication. Besides the minimum requirements (Veeam Backup & Replication v8 with update 2) and the configuration, we also looked at addition data protection possibilities such as backup copy jobs and backup to tape jobs. Finally we looked at additional administration tasks like reviewing statistics, deleting and / or removing endpoint backup jobs and more.

Today we continue and look at probably the most important additional functionality… Additional restore options

Every restore option you have today with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE remains valid when integrating the solution with Veeam Backup & Replication, we will go ...

June 22, 2015

Replicating VMware VMs with Veeam: Everything you need to know about replica failover

Posted by Polina Vasileva

I'll wrap up my “Replication 101 series” with an overview of recovery options from VMware VM replicas available in Veeam Backup & Replication v8 (a part of Veeam Availability Suite v8). I'm going to walk you through failover basics, including planned failover and failover plans, which can help you automate disaster recovery (DR). Keep reading to learn how to safeguard your critical applications from failures and downtime.

Failing over to a VM replica

Replica failover is switching from a damaged or failed production VM to its replica on a remote location. Replicated VMs are stored in a fully functional, ready-to-use-state, so failing over requires just a few seconds to power on the VM. You don't need any additional configurations or ...